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DR Congo thrash stubborn Guinea – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Jonathan Bolingi (l) and Doxa Gikanji of DR Congo (r) celebrate during the 2016 CHAN semifinal football match between DR Congo and Guinea at the Amahoro Stadium in Kigali, Rwanda on 03 February 2016 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Nov 11, 2017. 21:43


Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) beat Guinea 3-1 in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification (CAF) Group A match at the Stade des Martyrs on Saturday.

The win sees DRC finish second in Group A and they fail to qualify, while Guinea finished third. Group A winners Tunisia booked their place in the finals.

The Leopards controlled the match from the start as they searched for an early goal, but National Elephants contained them.

Moussa Traore, the Guinea goalkeeper, had to be alert in the 17th minute after the visitors’ defence was exposed.

Traore made a great save to deny Jonathan Bolingi, who was looking to make it 1-0 to DRC as pressure mounted on Guinea.

DRC were wasteful as Jacques Maghoma and Neeskens Kebano both missed the target with the half-time break approaching.

Guinea managed to contain DRC in the latter stages of the first-half and the score was 0-0 at the interval.

Tarore continued to be the busier of the two keepers as he denied Mubele 15 minutes into the second-half.

But Traore was finally beaten in the 61st minute when Guinea defender Ousmane Sidibe scored an own goal.

The National Elephants never lost hope and they managed to make it 1-1 10 minutes later through Keita Junior.

However, DRC grabbed two goals in stoppage time through Bolingi and Kebano, and the hosts emerged 3-1 winners.

DRC (0) 3 (Sidibe OG 61′, Bolingi 90’+1, Kebano 90’+3)

Guinea (0) 1 (Junior 71′)

DR Congo: Matampi, Tisserand, Mbemba, Issama, Maghoma (Mabidi 69′), Moke Abro, Kebano, Ngonda, Kabananga (N’Gbakoto 83′) Mubele (Bokila 60′), Bolingi.

Guinea: Traoré, Sidibé, Baldé, Sylla, Conté, Condé, Landel (Junior 68′), Diallo, Kanté, Alkhali Bangoura (Lamah 79′), Kamano.



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Stubborn Polokwane City hold Kaizer Chiefs – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Bernard Parker of Kaizer Chiefs challenged by Sammy Seabi of Polokwane City during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 football match between Polokwane City and Kaizer Chiefs at Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane on 31 October 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Oct 31, 2017. 21:25


Kaizer Chiefs were held to a 0-0 draw by Polokwane City in an Absa Premiership match at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Tuesday night.

As a result, Rise and Shine move to position 11 on the league table, while Amakhosi remain in fourth spot on the log.

The hosts were the better side in the early stages of the encounter as they applied some pressure on the Chiefs defence.

However, the Amakhosi defence which was led by South Africa international Erick Mathoho looked solid.

Polokwane’s hard-running striker Rodney Ramagalela kept the Chiefs defence very busy with his pace.

He was able to test Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune, who had kept two clean sheets in his last two competitive games.

Khune produced a great save to deny Ramagalela in the 21st minute as Rise and Shine looked to break the deadlock.

Chiefs winger Joseph Molangoane was looking lively for the visitors, but he was tightly marked by the Polokwane defence.

The score was 0-0 at half-time between Polokwane and Chiefs following a tightly contested first-half.

The hosts should have broken the deadlock through Rendani Ndou 10 minutes into the second-half after the visitors’ defence was exposed.

However, Khune made a great save to deny Polokwane captain Jabulani Maluleke and Ndou missed the target from close range from the rebound.

The Rise and Shine defence was then pressed by Amakhosi, but Hendrick Ekstein, Siphiwe Tshabalala and Dumisani Zuma missed the target.

Khune then produced a good low save to deny Ndou in the latter stages of the game – ensuring that the match ended in a 0-0 draw.

Polokwane (0) 0

Chiefs (0) 0

Polokwane:Chigova, Semenya, Ravhuhali, Mbonani, Maponyane, Seabi, Phiri (Vilakazi 84′), Klaas (Mngomezulu 81′), Ramagalela, Maluleke, Ndou.

Chiefs: Khune, Cardoso, Zulu, Mathoho, Gordinho, Katsande, Molangoane, Ekstein (Ekstein 76′), Parker (Paez 67′), Tshabalala (Chirambadare 85′), Maluleka.



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Cape Town City beat stubborn Polokwane City – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Lehlohonolo Majoro of Cape Town City

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Sep 22, 2017. 22:12


Cape Town City defeated Polokwane City 1-0 in an Absa Premiership match at the Cape Town Stadium on Friday night.

As a result, the Citizens climb up to fourth spot on the league standings, while Rise and Shine remain 14th on the log.

The visitors threatened first through Salulani Phiri, whose effort forced City goalkeeper Sage Stephens into a comfortable save just nine minutes into the match.

The Citizens were able to keep possession well, but they were struggling to unlock the Rise and Shine defence which was led by the experienced Thapelo Tshilo.

Stephens was also called into action in the 22nd minute and he pulled off a decent save to deny Polokwane full-back Ndivhuwo Ravhuhali’s free-kick.

With seven minutes left before half-time, Lehlohonolo Majoro found some space outside the Polokwane box and he hit the upright.

Nevertheless, the score was 0-0 at half-time between City and Polokwane.

An action-packed second-half followed as the home side took control of the match with Lyle Lakay narrowly missing the target.

His City team-mate Majoro also came close in the 71st minute with curling shot missing the Polokwane goal-posts.

Majoro thought he had snatched a late winner in the 88th minute, but the goal was disallowed as the striker was ruled offside.

However, the striker did score the winning goal in stoppage time as he converted from the spot-kick after City were awarded a late penalty.

City ran out 1-0 winners over Polokwane after containing the visitors in the closing stages of the encounter.

CT City (0) 1 (Majoro 98′)

Polokwane (0) 0

CT City: Stephens, Mkhize, Gumede (Fielies 53′), Johannes, Seedat, Nodada, Matsi, Obinna (Akosah-Bempah 79′), Lakay, Patosi (Martin 68′), Majoro.

Polokwane: Ndlovu, Semenya, Maponyane, Ravhuhali, Tshilo, Seabi, Phiri, W. Maluleke (J.Maluleke 63′), Mngomezulu (Ndou 94′), Musona (Klaas 63′), Ramagalela.



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